Our History

The Kala Chethena Kathakali Company was founded in 1987 by Kathakali make-up specialist, Kalamandalam Barbara Vijayakumar and Kathakali actor, Kalamandalam Vijayakumar to bring the remarkable art and culture of Kathakali to the UK.

Photo Mark Bennett WOMAD festival 2015

Since then we have toured all over the UK enabling thousands of people of all ages to experience to powerful storytelling of Kathakali through workshops, performances and exhibitions.

Take a look at our journey...